Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Broward & Palm Beach County

Have You Been Injured As The Result Of Someone Else’s Negligence?

Financial Recovery Can Soon Be Yours

After being in a traumatic accident, it’s often difficult to go back to life as usual. You may be experiencing physical pain, emotional upheaval, and financial distress as a result of the accident. The injury you sustained may be keeping you from doing the things you love or preventing you from getting back to work.

You may spend countless hours in doctors offices and physical therapy sessions. In addition to a long and painful physical recovery process, medical bills and lost wages are putting a serious financial strain on you and your family’s livelihood.

During this difficult time, the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A. can help ease some of your burden.  If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys can help you recover the financial compensation you need to get your life back on track.

It’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. Schedule a Free consultation today with one of our highly qualified attorneys. We will carefully review the details of your case and let you know the best legal action to take and what damages you may be eligible for.  

The sooner you get in touch, the quicker we can begin building the strongest claim possible. 

 

At John D. Ameen, P.A., we care deeply about helping victims of negligence recover the financial restitution that is rightfully theirs. As a small boutique firm, we pride ourselves on our ability to give each client the personal attention and legal expertise they deserve. Whether it’s assisting you in the claims process or reaching a settlement through negotiations or litigation, your best interests are at the core of everything we do.

At our firm, you are not just another case number — you’re a top priority.

Don’t try to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. Their claims adjusters are trained to trap you into settling for a much lower reward than you’re entitled to. Let the attorneys at John D. Ameen, P.A. fight on your behalf.  Over the years, our attorneys have won millions of dollars for clients after going head to head with the insurance companies.

John D. Ameen, P.A. specializes exclusively in personal injury law. The types of cases we handle on a daily basis include, but are not limited to:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Work accidents
  • Slip and fall/premises liability
  • Dog bites
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Defective products
  • Cruise ship accidents
  • Wrongful death

What Kind of Damages are Paid in a Personal Injury Case?

The most common types of damages or losses that are paid in a personal injury case are economic damages, or damages that have a clear cost. These include but are not limited to:

  • Hospitalization
  • Physical therapy
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages due to time away from work

Other types of damages that can be paid in a personal injury case are called non-economic damages. These damages are much harder to assign a dollar value to and can include:

  • Damages for physical suffering and pain
  • Damages for permanent disfigurement or disability
  • Damages for emotional suffering and trauma
  • Damages for trauma to relationships or the loss of social experiences

The damages that are included in a Florida personal injury case vary from situation to situation. By working with one of our seasoned personal injury attorneys, you can gain a better idea of what may be included in your case.

Do I Have A Case?

In order to recover damages, you must prove that your injury was the result of an individual’s or corporation’s negligence. Florida Civil Instruction 401.4 states: “negligence is the failure to use reasonable care.”

A person is negligent if he/she fails to do something a reasonable person would have done in similar circumstances or does something that a reasonable and prudent person would not have done in similar circumstances.

Can You Prove Negligence?

To win a lawsuit based on negligence, you need to establish four things:

  • The negligent person owed you a duty of care;
  • The person breached that duty of care by failing to act as a reasonably prudent person would have acted in similar circumstances;
  • Their conduct caused you harm;
  • There was an actual and measurable injury sustained.

You Were Owed A Duty Of Care

“Duty of care” is a legal term that refers to the responsibility one person has to avoid causing harm to another. There is a certain “standard of reasonable care” that we all owe to one another.

Examples of Duty of Care

  • Drivers have a duty to other motorists on the road to operate their vehicle in a safe manner
  • A manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of a consumer product all have a duty to buyers to provide functional, safe, harmless products.
  • A property or business owner has a duty to keep their premises hazard free, and if dangerous conditions are discovered, they must take steps must to remedy it.
  • An employer has a duty to its employees to provide a safe working environment.
  • Health care providers such as doctors have a duty to their patients to provide the same standard level of care required in their medical profession
  • Dog owners have a duty to make sure their dogs do not hurt people

Was The Duty Of Care Owed To You Breached?

The alleged at-fault party will be held liable for negligence if they failed to act with the same level of reasonable care an ordinary person would use in the same circumstances.

Examples of a breach of duty:

  • A reckless driver causes an accident
  • A manufacturer  a defective or dangerous product
  • A doctor
  • o diagnose a that he/she should have reasonably  diagnosed given the symptoms and/or results of the tests performed and the patient

Did The Breach Of Duty Directly Cause Your Injury?

  • An intoxicated driver causes an auto accident and someone is injured: the driver’s judgment and inability to properly drive the car caused the injury.
  • A company manufactures a defective product and a customer is injured while using it: the product directly caused the injury.
  • A grocery store fails to clean up a spill  and a guest slips and is injured: the failure to clean up the spill is the direct cause of the injury.
  • A patient’s condition worsens because of a prescription error: the treating doctor’s action in prescribing the wrong medication is the direct cause.

Do You Have Recoverable Damages?

 

 

What If I’m Partially Responsible For The Accident?

In Florida, even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you still have a right to pursue a claim for your injuries. Your recovery however will be reduced by your percentage of fault in causing the accident.

 

 

In order to put “contributory negligence” in perspective, below are a few examples:

  • A pedestrian is hit when crossing the road, but they had forgotten to look both ways prior to crossing
  • Two drivers collide, one of which ran a red light, the other of which made an illegal turn
  • A speeding vehicle is driving at night and hits another car whose headlights were not turned on

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?

Personal injury cases are covered by a statute of limitations, which is a certain amount of time given to file a lawsuit from the date of your injury.

 

Florida allows you four years to file most personal injury lawsuits, however some causes of action — such as medical malpractice and wrongful death cases — must be filed within two years.

 

Comparative Negligence in Florida

In Florida, there is a “comparative negligence” law that comes into play when both the defendant and the plaintiff in a personal injury case are responsible for the accident. This law allows both the plaintiff and the defendant to recoup their percentage of damages that resulted from an accident or injury. injured party may be partially to blame and still recover damages.

Contact the Law Offices of John D. Ameen Today

We work hard to help you obtain a favorable result through settlement negotiations or litigation. Phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with multiple office locations for your convenience. We welcome all calls and questions with free consultations.

If you have been injured in an accident or just have a question about your insurance, call us at 1-800-555-4011.  If you have been denied by your insurance company or do not agree with their decision regarding your case, we can help. We handle all types of insurance disputes as well as accidents.